We love learning at Quirky Kid. Every day our team review articles, attend workshops and complete hours of clinical supervision. We are really excited to invite you to our HQ’s so we can all learn together. Welcome to our ‘Lunch & Learn ‘ sessions – a fun, practical, informative and yummy learning space at our Sydney and Wollongong clinics regularly.
The ‘Lunch & Learn’ will provide practical and informative 60 – 90-minute sessions to expand our knowledge in emerging topics andcurrent child development and family issues. Topics that we will be addressing are:
Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Writing Reports for Family Court
Self Care for Psychologists
Each session will be different to the last with highly regarded professionals in the field presenting on a range of different topics.
Who Should Attend
‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions will be beneficial for any psychologists, school counsellors, teachers and health or educational professionals working with young people.
Workshops will be run on a not-for-profit basis and subsided by Quirky Kid. ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions will cost between $35 and $50 (+GST) only. BYO lunch (so long as they aren’t too messy, and no nuts to be safe). Drinks provided.
What to Bring
A pen, paper, a smile and you laptop for notes. If you want to get the most of ‘Lunch & Learn’ we recommend that you come prepared with questions for the speaker. The sessions are intimate in size so there will be a great opportunity to interact with the speakers, other professionals and to ask questions.
Upcoming Sessions are:
Friday, 23rd June 12:00 – 1:30pm (Sydney)
Writing Therapy Reports for Family and Children’s Court – The Do’s and Don’ts by Dianne Starkey.
Monday, 3rd July, 12:00 – 1:30pm (Sydney)
eSafety. Looking out for Children and Adolescents Online by The Office of Children’s eSafety Commissioner REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
Friday, 14th July, 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Austinmer)
Narrative Therapy. What and Why by Rebecca Sng
Friday, 21st July, 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Austinmer)
Non-drug Approach to treating ADHD by Stuart Johnson
Friday, July 28, 12:00 pm – 1:30pm (Sydney)
Flexible Parenting. How can Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) Help? by Louise Shepherd
Friday, 1st September, 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Austinmer)
Can Food Affect a Child’s Behaviour? by Stephanie Meades
Friday, 22nd September, 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Sydney)
Time-Out in the Age of Attachment and Trauma Informed Treatments
Lunch & Learn Session will take place in
Sydney – Level 1, Unit 2, 83-85 Queen Street, Woollahra
Wollongong – Unit 105, 62 Moore Street, Austinmer
Register Your Interest
(Register your interest in order to get updates on times and dates for our upcoming speakers).
The holidays are nearly upon us and that’s great fun!
We offer group workshops designed to help children make and manage friendships, communicate better, overcome anxiety and perform at their best.
Our workshops have been creatively developed by Dr. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team over 16 years in the Child and Family field. We strive for innovation (winning local and international awards in Innovation) to make sure our programs are inspiring, practical and effective for small groups in the clinic setting or demonstrative for large audiences in an auditorium. Quirky Kid workshops draw on our micro-skills in working with children combined with current research and practices in Australia, the USA and UK.
The Best of Friends
The Best of Friends® program gives children the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions.
The Why Worry workshop helps anxious children aged 5 to 13 years to manage their own symptoms of stress and worry at home & school. Participants learn to identify personal triggers for anxiety and practice coping strategies to reduce any impact on the individual or family. By exploring solutions through play-based activities, participants learn to understand and appreciate anxiety in a fun, non-threatening setting.
Register for Why Worry? workshop this school holidays!
This program is designed for children and young people aged 10 to 15 years who are (or want to be) involved in sports, music, performance or academics in a competitive way. Power Up! gives children the power to build self-confidence; cope with the pressures of competition; overcome self-doubt and negative self-talk; set goals and make plans to achieve them; maximise performance in any chosen field.
Find a Power Up! workshop near you this school holidays!
How to Register
Sessions for all of these workshops are available in our Sydney and Wollongong clinics. Places are limited so get in quick!
Stay in the loop! Join our mailing list to be notified of the dates of the upcoming workshops.
We would like to offer you a little reward for being our loyal and most treasured clients this year.
With the code ** EOFY17GS ** you can unlock a 10% discount on the entire range of books and therapeutic resources we offer through our Quirky Kid Shoppe. This code is limited to one use per customer and will expire on the 30th of June.
Thanks to your ongoing loyal support, we are given the inspiration and opportunity to continue to develop and produce our own products right here in our Sydney and Austinmer HQs. We love the development and design process and go to great lengths in our commitment to providing parents and professionals with effective therapeutic tools and programs that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms across the globe.
So, enjoy your gift and keep your eyes peeled this coming year; we have lot’s of exciting new ideas to share!
We hope you enjoy this resource as an easy-access portal to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contribute to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.
The Sydney Morning Herald: Kimberley discusses the topic of children and performance, stemming from children’s version of The Voice.
The Daily at 2SER Radio: Kimberley spoke about the impacts of childcare on children, especially overnight childcare and staying with at-home carers.
The Morning Show: Kimberley discusses video game addiction.
702 Mornings: Linda Mottram interviews Kimberley about social issues at school.
Wake Up on Network Ten: Kimberley speaks about Play Therapy.
The Daily Edition, Channel 7: Kimberley speaks about children and extreme sports.
2SER – Real Radio 107.3 FM: Kimberley discusses the psychological impacts of being a child bride.
I recently joined the Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra.I completed my Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology through Monash University in Melbourne. As a psychologist, with a background in Ed & Dev, my focus is on how to assist people to maximise their potential by developing their skills and learning abilities.
Over the past several years, I have had a variety of experiences in the field which blend together a range of hands-on practical experience, academic research and training. I was employed as a core member of the Education Support team in an Independent school with a large number of students with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have also worked as an ABA therapist for children with autism.
My first research project focused on the relationship between sleep and attention in children, identifying strategies to enhance attention and concentration of children in a school environment, and my most recent research project addressed the need for improving work skills of adults with autism.
During my Master’s Degree I completed an internship at Krongold Clinic in Melbourne and at Quirky Kid Clinicin Sydney. My work involved assessing children and adolescents using a wide range of cognitive, academic and behavioural assessments, writing reports to parents and schools that enabled them to develop learning strategies, carrying out diagnostic assessments and providing goal-focussed and evidence-based interventions.
Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?
My husband and I recently moved to Sydney. For this next chapter, I was looking to work at a clinic that harnessed my values, skills, knowledge and experiences so far, whilst also presented me with new challenges and opportunities to further my experience and research. The team at Quirky Kid is dynamic and creative and they make the clinic a fun place for children (and staff) to come to. I love being able to work as part of a team and to learn from each other. The team atmosphere facilitates open communication, the ability to brainstorm ideas and as such, I am very excited to be working here.
What are my skills?
My particular area of expertise is in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families. I have also had extensive experience facilitating group workshops and programs.
What will my role at QK be?
My role at the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra will be to provide assessments and evidence-based interventions to individuals. I will also be involved in facilitating a range of Quirky Kid group workshops offered at the clinic, as well as training others how to facilitate our programs.
I am really excited about being a part of the Quirky Kid team and look forward to working with everyone associated with Quirky Kid.